A YouTube video shows Ukrainian tax police firing rubber bullets during a confrontation with workers from a Berdyansk agricultural depot on 24 September. The video clip contradicts the official version that the workers fired first, provoking the conflict
Spokesperson for the Kharkiv Human Rights Group, Andriy Didenko warns that in Ukraine anybody can become a victim both of torture and of an unfair trial. He learned this through his own experience.
At the present time the local authorities in Kherson have issued scurrilously defamatory claims about Dementiy Bily, television channels have kept the attack on the human rights defender and journalist quiet and those in power are pretending they know nothing
Around 500 people have taken part in a protest outside the main office of the SBU against persecution of historian Ruslan Zabily. The protesters demanded the dismissal of the SBU management and that the process of declassified documents about the repressions and liberation movement in Ukraine, stopped by the new regime, be resumed
The treatment of Ruslan Zabily points to a reversion to regrettable and dangerous practices of the totalitarian past. We find this incident extremely worrying, especially in view of earlier illegitimate uses made of the SBU in the realm of academia and civil society under the new Ukrainian government.
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is outraged over the brutal beating of Dementiy Bily, journalist and Head of the Kherson Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine
Journalist from the newspaper “Vilny Vybir” [“Free Choice”], active member of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine and human rights defender, Dementiy Bily, was yesterday beaten up by the security guards of Kherson’s Mayor, Volodymyr Saldo
The action is in protest at the detaining State Security officers of historian Ruslan Zabily and will also highlight unlawful classification of publicly important information about Ukraine’s history.
Letter from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and the Kharkiv Human Rights Group regarding the detention of Ruslan Zabily
09.09.10 | Yevhen Zakharov
It would seem that in Ukraine following the detention of historian Ruslan Zabily a case has been initiated, very similar to that in Russia, against historians studying the history of political repression
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has initiated an Appeal open for endorsement by civic organizations, over the secretive drawing up by the Ministry of Justice of a draft law on the creation of National Preventive Mechanisms against torture
The Kharkiv law enforcement bodies are putting pressure on activists from “Zeleny Front” [Green Front] and the civic group “Prorvyomsya!”, detaining activists handing out leaflets and other unlawful measures
Committee of Voters of Ukraine experts believe that the new highly subjective procedure for formation of electoral commissions can place in question the equality of electoral rights of all participants during the local elections of 31 October 2010